The Witches (1990)
Critic Consensus: With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson's creature shop, Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl's writing like few other adaptations.
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Critic Reviews for The Witches
The Witches feels like a throwaway feature rather than a fully-realized fantasy adventure...
It's not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better.
Real darkness seethes beneath the "Once upon a time" surface, mostly due to Henson's seemingly curious selection of the brilliant and audacious Roeg to direct.
Based on a Roald Dahl book, Nicholas Roeg's The Witches is a film surprisingly faithful to the creepiness of the original.
The Witches is a slow-to-get-going but ultimately entertaining yarn about a nasty coven conspiring to turn Britain's entire populace of single-digiters into mice.
Audience Reviews for The Witches
I don't understand the high rating most reviewers give this movie. It is a very simple story - witches are bad and kill little children - some kid is smart/lucky enough to kill witches.
Intelligent, scary and with a good black comedy. But, maybe not very appropriate for children.
This movie really scared me for some reason when I was a kid, I had nightmares. The weirdest things scare you as a kid, don't they? Anyway, this movie is okay, it's based on the book of the same name.